Truth About Our Sin

CT has done the white evangelical community a service by allowing us to hear from our black brothers and sisters the truth about our sin [“The Myth of Racial Progress,” Oct. 4]. As evangelicals, we know there is only one acceptable response to sin—repentance.

Thanks to the rich African-American community who one more time make themselves vulnerable by sharing themselves with us.

David J. Frenchak, President

SCUPE

Chicago, Ill.

The “Myth of Racial Progress” focused on a symptom of the church’s problem, racism, but missed the etiology. There is a whole plethora of social ills that are important diagnostic clues that the church is neither salt nor light in today’s American society.

The history of Israel demonstrates what happens when God’s people move from God and begin to worship Baal. As in ancient Israel, has this loss of commitment to God and biblical standards created a climate of darkness that allows social ills to flourish?

Hycel Taylor quoted Martin Luther King: “All you need for evil to triumph … is for good people to do nothing.” Jesus warned that “no man can serve two masters … you cannot serve God and mammon.” Could it be that evil is triumphing because good people are serving the wrong things and doing nothing to exercise spiritual muscles in active commitment to God and biblical principles? The expected race wars, economic collapse, AIDS devastation and other plagues will testify to our failure. Is there no prophet in the land to address the causes of the cancer in the necrotic organ known as the body of Christ?

Jack Given

Valparaiso, Ind.

Tony Evans and William Pannell said it in truth. The others, too.

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